On your mark… It’s VanderDash time.

March 23 marks the annual 5K race and 1-mile fun run for Vanderlyn Elementary that’s growing each year with more than 1200 participants in 2012.

Participants will receive dryfit T-shirts and awards for the winners.

The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at 8:30 p.m. Register at vanderlynpta.com.

Footing the bill. If you could use some new shoes or sports equipment for spring, your purchase could also help local a Eagle Scout candidate with his project to build an equipment shed for Dunwoody High School’s track and cross country teams.

Blake Tiede is gathering sponsors and materials to build a 8- x 12-foot track shack at DHS. Fleet Feet in Sandy Springs has signed on to help by offering a percentage of proceeds for all purchases through March 23 to go toward Blake’s efforts.

Just mention the Eagle Track Shack when you’re there.

Anniversary for the Bunnies. Pokadot and Bleu, the stars of a series of children’s books by Dunwoody’s LuAnn Gilmore are celebrating their one year anniversary with a reading from “Springtime Tales” at Cutie Pies next Sunday.

Visit Cutie Pies at 5473 Chamblee Dunwoody Road on Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dress up as your favorite woodland character from the books and enter the costume contest.

Visit pokadotandbleu.com for more book details.

Return of a Favorite. Stage Door will reprise its popular comedy/drama, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” beginning with an opening night performance on March 22.

Off-Broadway’s longest-running musical, “I Love You...” celebrates the modern-day mating game from dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws.

The show runs through April 14 with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

For reservations, call the box office at 770-396-1726 or visit stagedoorplayers.net.

Right to the root. Dunwoody Brownie Troop 13590 explored root vegetables at the Dunwoody Community Garden

Members dissected radishes and examined how the nutrients travel through roots, planted peas for later transplant to the community garden, prepared hydroponic jars for sweet potato slips and prepared an herb garden.

The girls will earn two badges by building and painting signs for the garden and plantingin the watershed garden.

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